Upcoming Concert

May 28, 2017

Carnegie Hall

Director Profile

Grammy-nominated and Emmy Award-winning conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya is currently Chief Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra/Oslo and will be beginning his fifteenth season

Orchestra Staff

Music Director
Assistant Conductor
Orchestra Manager


Praised by the New York Times for their “incisive, cohesive and colorful playing,” the Orchestra will perform at Carnegie Hall, the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights, and Manhattan School of Music five times during the 2016/17 season tackling works by Prokofiev, Sibelius, and Ravel. Under the baton of music director Joshua Gersen, who also serves as Assistant Conductor at the New York Philharmonic, each performance will feature a world premiere by an emerging American composer, commissioned through the NYYS’s First Music program. Young soloists Simone Porter, violin, and Brook Speltz, cello, will make their Carnegie Hall debuts, supported by The Roy and Shirley Durst Début series. Renowned piano soloist Orli Shaham will join the orchestra for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Recent orchestra highlights include its first-ever tour in July 2015 to Argentina; a cameo appearance in the NY Public Theater’s Public Works production of The Odyssey; an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! performing with Misty Copeland; and participation in an international cultural exchange program in Trinidad sponsored by the US Embassy.


Each season the orchestra performs three concerts at Carnegie Hall as well as free community concerts at the United Palace Theatre and the Manhattan School of Music. The performance schedule for the current season can be found at http://www.nyys.org/events/current.


The Orchestra rehearses on Sunday afternoons from 2-6pm at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music unless otherwise noted. A detailed schedule is provided during auditions.


Sectional rehearsals are held once per concert cycle, led by members of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and prominent musicians in the metropolitan area.

First Music World Premières

Each season, the orchestra performs the world premières of three pieces commissioned by young American composers through the First Music program. Orchestra members collaborate with today's most gifted young composers in a unique opportunity for both composer and player to realize musical dreams, and to surmount the challenges of giving the world a new work of art. Orchestra soloists perform these premières through The Roy and Shirley Durst Début series. See the First Music page for this year's commissions.


Fellowships are offered each season to principal string, wind, brass, and percussion players. Fellows have unique responsibilities within their section and make a commitment for performing new works by students of the Composition program at the annual Orchestration Reading Workshop and Composition Date Concert.


Please check the audition section of our website for eligiblity and fee requirements, application information, and audition dates.

Note: Prospective applicants are urged to review the Musician Guidelines and check for scheduling conflicts before applying for an audition.